Pakistan made light of England’s decision to bat first on the opening day of the first Test match at Lord’s today, as they bowled out the hosts for 184 inside 59 overs.
Mohammad Abbas and Hasan Ali both claimed four wickets apiece as the visitors looked to recreate their famous victory at the Home of Cricket in 2016 by moving into a strong position at the close of play.
They ended the day 50 for 1 with Haris Sohail (21) and Azhar Ali (18) at the crease. Imam-ul-Haq was the man to fall as he was trapped lbw by Stuart Broad for 4.
Alastair Cook top-scored for England with 70 and, in his 153rd consecutive Test match, shared a stand of 57 with Jonny Bairstow (27) for the fourth wicket. However that proved to be the best partnership of the innings as the hosts lost their last six wickets for 35 runs. Ben Stokes had earlier made a counter-attacking 38 before falling lbw to Abbas.
They were three of only four batsmen to reach double-figures along with the returning Jos Buttler, who made 14 in his first Test since December 2016.
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